Company fined $115,000 for worker’s death

CSI pleaded gulity to failing to provide a safe working environment
Date: Monday, 20 October 2014

Crushing Services International Pty Ltd fined $115,000 in South Hedland Magistrate's Court 

Crushing Services International Pty Ltd (CSI) has been fined $115,000 plus court costs of more than $3000 in relation to the death of contracted electrician Kurt Williams on 14 August last year.

The sentence was handed down in South Hedland Magistrate’s Court on 20 October.

Mr Williams was greasing a motor when he was fatally crushed by a ladder attached to a tripper unit at the top of the ore processing facility at Fortescue Metal Group’s Christmas Creek mine.

CSI was charged under the Mines and Safety Inspection Act for failing to provide a safe working environment.

The company was initially fined $225,000. However, this was reduced by 30 per cent for an early guilty plea and further reduced due to CSI's remorse, previous clean record, and the company’s assistance and cooperation in the investigation.

Department of Mines and Petroleum Resources Safety Division Executive Director Simon Ridge said he was pleased this case was now settled.

“The company’s guilty plea has enabled this matter to be resolved quickly and saves the family further distress that a lengthy court process can cause,” he said.

Mr Ridge said the company had worked with the department and assisted throughout the investigation and court process.

“This serves as a strong reminder that safety needs to be the number one priority for everyone, but especially mine operators,” he said.

“With more than 100,000 people working in our resources industry there is no room for complacency when it comes to safety in the work place.

“The department’s resources safety reforms are at the heart of continued efforts to assist industry to reach the ultimate goal of zero harm.”